FORMER Rovers full-back Adam Henley is spending time on trial with Blackpool, working under his former boss Gary Bowyer.

Henley was released by Rovers in the summer, ending his long association with the club, and he is understood to have had interest from the MLS.

But the 23-year-old is currently on trial with Rovers’ League One rivals Blackpool, with Bowyer keen to sign the full-back who made 94 appearances during his time at Ewood Park.

His first Rovers start came in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Boxing Day 2011, following that up with another four days later as Rovers won 3-2 at Manchester United.

However, he was released in the summer after injury restricted him to just three outings last season. 

“I can remember him being an Under-12 at the Blackburn Academy, he was a centre forward in those days,” Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire.

“I remember him playing in the reserves as a 17-year-old and then going on to make his debut over a mad Christmas.

“He made his debut against Liverpool up against Stewart Downing and then a few days later played at Old Trafford when Blackburn beat United.

“There he was playing left-back against (Antonio) Valencia.

“He has had a terrible time with injuries, he was flying.

“His career hasn't quite kicked on because of injuries and he finds himself out of contract but he would be one that we would love to bring to the football club because of the standard and quality he would bring.

“We will keep working away with it.”

Another player currently spending time on trial with the Seasiders is former Rovers loanee Jay Spearing. Spearing also worked under Bowyer at Rovers, who he joined on loan from Bolton the second half of the 2014/15 season.

And Bowyer added: “We had Jay at Blackburn and he was terrific for us.

“We have always kept in touch and he is a Championship player in my opinion.

“Last year he obviously stayed in League One because of his contract but he's out of contract and I was as surprised as anyone that he has not been signed by anyone in the Championship.

“He's been in all week, raised the standard of our training and I would love to try and get something done.”